EMB Director Engr. William P. Cuñado called for urgent meeting with all Regional Directors to assure commitments from EMB Regional Offices in compliance with Sec. 24 of RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Director Cuñado instructed all Regional Directors to get the actual volume of wastes of Local Government Units (LGUs) nationwide that shall be used for policy-making including climate change mitigation.

In a Memorandum dated June 3, 2022, all EMB Regional Offices are directed to to enforce and monitor compliance of Local Government Units with Section 24 of RA No. 9003 stating the “Requirements for the transport of solid wastes that states the use of separate collection schedules and/or separate trucks for specific types of waste” within thirty (30) days from issuance of advice and a monthly basis thereafter.

During the meeting, EMB CAR Regional Director Ma. Victoria V. Abrera stated that there are eleven (11) LGUs who submitted Annex B or the Monthly Manifest Form and six (6) LGUs who submitted Annex A or the Daily Manifest Form. Further, she mentioned that EnMos are expected to submit compliance reports within the month.

Under Sec. 24, the use of separate collection schedules and/or separate trucks or haulers shall be required for specific types of wastes. Otherwise, vehicles used for the collection and transport of solid wastes shall have the appropriate compartments to facilitate efficient storing of sorted wastes while in transit.

Vehicles shall be designed to consider road size, condition and capacity to ensure the safe and efficient collection and transport of solid wastes. The waste compartment shall have a cover to ensure the containment of solid wastes while in transit. For the purpose of identification, vehicles shall bear the body number, the name, and telephone number of the contractor/agency collecting solid waste.

EnMOs will be required to submit through the Integrated Information System (IIS) their reports on the compliance of LGUs to Sec. 24 of RA 9003, and strictly monitor the LGUs’ enforcement in the use of separate collection schedules and/or separate trucks or haulers (if available) for specific types of wastes.

Chief of Solid Waste Management Section Engr. Ricardo P. Dang-iw, and the Planning Officer Ms. Perlita Mauri attended the meeting.